Prosthetic Paws For Lost Paws For Cats

June 26, 2010 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Behavior, General, Health, Uncategorized

Thanks to the neuro-orthopaedic surgeon Noel Fitzpatrick, in Eashing, near Godalming.The surgery mimics the way in which deer antler bone grows through skin. Oscar, the cat lost his rear paws by a combine harvester as he basked in the sunshine. due to accident. His owners Kate and Mike Nolan ran helter-skelter to recove his paws. The local vet referred them to to Fitzpatrick Referrals in Eashing, near Godalming.

Dr.Noel Fitzpatrick worked with a team from University College London (UCL) to make use of the weight-bearing prosthetic implants. They operated Oscar for three hours to insert the pegs by drilling into both rear legs at ankle level. These artificial legs are attached to the bone at the site of amputation. Thentheartificialimplant was coated with hydroxyapatite that faciltates growth of bone cells onto the metal.

The skin also grows over this bone to resemble a natural limb.after four months of operation OSCAR able to walk and climb the steps without any difficult. Hats off to the Bionic vet!!!